Take a look at this promo segment featuring "Superstar" Billy Graham, Bob Backlund, and "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd. Sandwiched between two charismatic and colorful speakers, Backlund delivers a generic promo that any other athlete would deliver before a big game. Now, which one makes you most excited for the upcoming matches?
Point is, there's a reason why promos are so important. They not only make us want to see the match, but they make us want to see more of the performers. They help turn wrestling from a passé, skippable program into an absolutely must-see spectacle.
And most wrestling fans would agree with this notion, too. There are few things fans love more than a damn good promo. There are so many lists of "best promos of all time" or "best microphone workers of all time" floating around the internet, it's insane. Problem is, most of these lists are pretty much the same across the board - Dusty Rhodes' "Hard Times" promo, CM Punk's pipebomb, Ric Flair's "Golden Spoon" promo, The Rock's promo before Armageddon 2000... we've seen - or heard - it all before.
Of course, this is not to say that those promos are bad. Far removed - it's to say that they get so much recognition, while other equally great (or, in some instances, better) promos go unrecognized.
Here are a few great promos that deserve more praise than they get.